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Understanding and enhancing the maturity level and performance of established and new biobased value chain: the case of Brazil

Grant number: 17/08501-0
Support Opportunities:Program for Research on Bioenergy (BIOEN) - Regular Program Grants
Duration: October 01, 2018 - June 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics - Agrarian and Natural Resource Economics
Convênio/Acordo: BE-BASIC Consortium
Principal Investigator:Antonio Marcio Buainain
Grantee:Antonio Marcio Buainain
Principal researcher abroad: Patricia Osseweijer
Institution abroad: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands
Host Institution: Instituto de Economia (IE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Carolina da Silveira Bueno ; Carolina Habib Ribeiro ; Gabriela Solidario de Souza Benatti ; José Maria Ferreira Jardim da Silveira ; Marcelo Pereira da Cunha ; Pedro Gilberto Cavalcante Filho


The many sides of a biobased economy bring different research along with different interests, as to how to efficiently use the expected available biomass. The attractiveness of a biobased economy relies mainly on greenhouse gases emissions reduction and the substitution of fossil resources, consequently increasing energy independence. However, many side effects can be analyzed. As to regional studies, Brazil has until now been considered a source of basic resources, as land and biomass. It would be knowledgeable then to take Brazil as the center of the biobased economy scenario, other than a player on the outskirts of large consumers. A biobased economy depend on low feedstock costs and abundant reliable supplies (Smolker 2008), while sustainable biomass production needs changes in agricultural practices that add value for biomass producers. These changes are key to the successful (and sustainable) development and deployment of biobased economy capacity, jointly with improvements in the energy systems and in management of natural resources. Based on Brazilian knowledge in the field, this project wants to answer "How can biobased value chains be designed to secure sustainable supply of bioresources, improve agricultural management and align farmers' values, interests, knowledge and concerns with the socio-economic and technical requirements of other partners in the chain, and what impacts do these improvements generate locally? "The work aims to provide in depth insight in the integration of (further) modernization of agriculture and livestock in relation to increased biomass production. Besides, the scientific contribution from developing and interlinking quantitative and qualitative data, tools and methods and in-depth assessment of different options and scenarios, it is expected that relevant information can be provided to market agents and policy makers on how individual non-technological factors that influence the success (or failure) of biobased project impact the socioeconomic and environmental spheres in the local level. (AU)

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RIBEIRO, CAROLINA HABIB; DA CUNHA, MARCELO PEREIRA. he economic and environmental impacts of Brazilian National Biofuel Polic. BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, v. 16, n. 2, . (17/08501-0)

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